SF College to host four-day theater conference beginning Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 5:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 5:21 p.m.

The curtain goes up Wednesday on the 55th annual Florida Theatre Conference Festival at Santa Fe College.

The four-day festival will feature several workshops, performances and auditioning opportunities for students in high school and college.

Terry Klenk, festival host and SF College theater director, said the college has been preparing since last year's event. This year marks the second time the conference will be held at SF College.

"We are expecting about 1,500 students over the span of" the festival, Klenk said.

The festival opens tonight with a performance of "The Three Musketeers" by Buchholz High School's drama club. A one-act festival for high school groups and several workshops are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Saturday's schedule features community theater and theater for youth festivals, along with more workshops.

Klenk said experts will hold workshops on topics ranging from singing to stage combat to playwriting to technical areas of the stage.

"It's about the business of theaters, the doing of theater and the professions of theater," Klenk said.

The college fair, where 38 schools will be present to meet with high school and college students, runs throughout the event.

Robert Ankrim, executive director of the Florida Theatre Conference, said SF College provides good space for the various workshops, and he enjoys how much attendees of all ages relish the opportunity to see each other perform.

"They all enjoy each other's work a lot," he said. "I think that's the greatest part of the whole thing."

Contact Joey Flechas at 338-3166 or joey.flechas@gvillesun.com.

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